Who Is On The Lords Side?
Written by Caleb Campbell
Wednesday, 11 February 2009 21:32


(By Caleb Campbell)

             Shortly after the arrival of Israel at Mount Sinai, Moses was called up to receive the “tables of stone, and a law, and commandments” of the Lord (Exodus 24:12).  The privilege of personally communing with God and receiving divine revelation was enjoyed by Moses for forty days and nights (v.18).  Joy turned to sorrow and encouragement to discouragement, however, when Moses descended from the mount and found the people of God, led by his own brother, dancing naked in worship before a calf of gold (32:1-25).  The response of Moses to the nonsense was both swift and clear: “Who is on the Lord’s side? Let him come unto me” (v.26).  The children of Levi answered the challenge by separating themselves from the congregation and executing about 3000 men (v.27-29). 

Much like Moses, the faithful of this generation are surrounded by a sea of spiritual chaos and iniquity.  Ignoring the principle that “righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34), this nation is becoming a prime example of the “nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17). The language once used to describe Israel prior to its fall sadly has become appropriate today: “There is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood” (Hosea 4:1-2).  Abortion is common, divorce rampant and homosexuality acceptable.  Selfishness, dishonesty and greed are “just a part of the job.”  Profanity, recreational drug use and sexual promiscuity are “just a part of growing up.”  In general, the Godward reverence and scriptural principles which once characterized this nation have been replaced by Biblical ignorance and spiritual apathy.  Sin abounds.

That said, there remains a remnant devoted to the Almighty.  Just as Moses and the Levites stood apart at the bottom of Sinai, there are spiritual lights shining bright in this world of darkness (Ephesians 5:6-11). There are Christians still determined to flee iniquity and pursue righteousness (I Timothy 6:11), homes still marked by their service to God (Joshua 24:15) and congregations still devoted to abounding in Jesus’ work (I Corinthians 15:58).  There continue to be elders who faithfully tend the flock of God (Acts 20:28), preachers who consistently speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) and young people who readily stand strong for their Creator (Ecclesiastes 12:1).  Yes, those devoted to God, truth and right are in the minority (Matthew 7:13-14).  Consequently, their lives will be marked by both sacrifices and hardships (John 17:14; II Timothy 3:12).  Ultimately, however, theirs will be lives of success (Psalm 1:1-2), reward (Matthew 5:11-12) and victory (I Corinthians 15:57).  Their labor for God will not go unnoticed (Galatians 6:9).  Their courage for Christ will not be ignored (Matthew 10:32-33).

            3500 years have come and gone since Moses drew the line in the sand.  Several generations have risen and fallen.  Still, the conflict goes on.  Good versus evil.  Right versus wrong.  Truth versus error.  The battle is raging, and the question remains: Who is on the Lord’s side?